Junk Drawer? Electronic Cord Box? Piles of Mail? Never ending laundry? Box still in the corner from your move 2 years ago? …this is a blog turned diary entry, because I’m totally talking to myself!
I was/still am this person… I’ll get to it later. Hello? Yes, today is later. Yup, I’m sure you too have too much of everything, so let’s fix that! …together 🤓
While proofing this, I ran across a Starbucks Gift Card in my desk drawer that I was sure was trash. But, I checked my app and there was $4.97 on it! That’ll only buy me a straw, but still!
Sit down, and visually walk through your home. Write down every room, and what needs attention. Drawers, closets, cabinets… bags, boxes, old wallets. And if you’ve totally got it together and have the perfect house, then what do you call the tagged clothes in your closet that’s accumulated dust for the past 3 years? Ah, CLUTTER!
While this seems like a tedious household chore, it is one of the best things you can do for your pocketbook. Clutter is disorganized and distracting. It’s the reason I found no less than 9 iPhone chargers around my home, 7 of which did not work.
Had I organized, I probably would have 4 bottles less of yellow mustard… I wouldn’t need that black, quarter sleeved, plunging neckline top, because I have one, maybe three… hidden inside an old carry-on I thought I lost ( and replaced twice 🤦🏽♀️).
Take away: Clutter leads to overspending!
No one hates mail more than me. In my mind, it’s either junk, or bills I don’t want to pay. Blah.
Story time: There once live a busy mom of two, piling up mail (in a shoe), she doesn’t have time to open it, she doesn’t have time to even sit. Til one day she decided to #declutter, and then her heart began to flutter, at the end of that pile of mail, was enough checks to go to Shell …TWICE!
That’s right, I filled up my tank twice with the checks in the pile of mail I ignored.
💡Companies do audits to ensure they have accurately billed customers. If any reconciliation shows you’ve overpaid, they’ll cut you a check and mail it quick! It’s the opposite if it shows you owe money, then in most cases it’s added to your credit report.
True story. During my semi annual mail opening ceremony (don’t judge me), I found around 12 small checks ranging from $3 to $20 for variance reasons. The grand total was close to $100 or so, and yet half of them were voided because they had expired past the “void after 120 days”. After contacting the companies and getting them reissued, I reevaluated my reality. I was both thrilled and upset in the same breath. How’d I miss this? Clutter, carelessness. What if the checks were larger and I was in a bind? There was money just collecting dust in my pile of mail. Imagine that.
Take away: Don’t miss your blessings, Declutter
This is the easiest way to declutter and make money. Those tagged items and “goal jeans” have got to go! It’s time to rid yourself of anything that does not serve you, those shoes included. Part of staying on budget is taking full inventory of your home to be mindful of not overspending.
Once you’ve gone through your closet, try selling those items to earn some extra cash!
Poshmark: the #1 app to buy & sell fashion. Shop 5,000+ brands at up to 70% off!
ThredUp: the web’s largest selection of like-new designer looks at up to 90% off retail. It’s also the easiest way to clean out your closet by ordering a Clean Out Kit. The best thing is the clutter is gone immediately.
I’ve personally used both platforms and enjoy the quick turnaround. With both Poshmark and ThredUp, you can sell men, women, kids, shoes, designer, and much more. Also try physically taking your items to Encore, Plato’s Closet, Once Upon a Child, or Kid to Kid. Remember the focus is to remove clutter, junk, and things we simply don’t use or don’t need. Even at pennies on the dollar, it’ll be worth it! Sell, sell, sell!!
Try donating some of these items to shelters for battered women and children, homeless shelters, or a family/friend in need. Be a blessing, because:karma!
While cleaning and organizing your home may not immediately seem like a trigger to your finances, keep in mind you may be missing checks, overspending, and not scraping all your pennies into your savings.